October 06 2023 TD Bank Garden Boston, MA Review and Photography by Joel Shover @Joelshoverphotography
John Mayer stopped his SOLO train at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday October 6, 2023, unleashing a barrage of musical hits, but not before introducing some new talent to open the show and warm up the crowd. JP Saxe is living beyond the dream while opening the shows for the fall leg of the SOLO tour for John Mayer.
JP Saxe is a Canadian Grammy nominee singer-songwriter promoting his sophomore album titled “A Grey Area”. An Album true to his heart that he wrote and recorded most of while on a trip to Columbia to learn Spanish, after the death of his mother who had spent much of her life as a language teacher in Latin America. His short but sweet and super talented set included his new single “Anywhere”, “A Little Bit Yours”, and the heart tugging song “If the World Was Ending”. Be sure to check him out if you haven’t already https://agreyarea.jpsaxe.com/
The sold-out crowd had now filled the famous TD Garden and the stage was set to see Seven-Time Grammy-Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter John Mayer that has sold over 17 million albums world-wide. John wasted no time at all leaping right into the coveted “Heartbreak Warfare” that featured a light setup to look like light shining through the blinds on a window, a very cool effect indeed!
It would not be a trip to Boston without “Love on The Weekend” and John played it perfectly like only he can. Mayer then played a cover of Beyonce’s “XO”, and the crowd loved it, lights out! Goodbye rain and goodbye shame when John gracefully played “Queen of California”.
The show then featured a video of a baby-faced young John promoting his Room for Squares album in Hollywood, CA. “Why Georgia” was the next hit from Johns big ole bag of hits! This made way for “Who Says” and at that time the TD Garden smelled exactly like a Dead show!
John then sang When my life on the run, reaches out in the sun and shows my age, with“Waiting on the Day”. “In Your Atmosphere” brought the lyrics wherever you go, wherever you are, I watch your life play out from pictures from afar. The crowd was buzzing and buzzing just like “Neon” singing along with each note. John loves to banter with the crowds at his shows and the next song was chosen by a fan poster through that banter “Something Like Olivia.”
Mayer had already showed off his masterful guitar skills and exquisite vocals along with his whimsical harmonica playing so why not throw in some piano, that’s just what he did with “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me” because time leaves no fruit on the tree. The emotional ballot “Changing” was next and it featured a little guitar shredding while sitting at the piano. Is there anything this guy can’t play??
The backdrop featured another video from the past this time from the album Continuum Interview in 2005. It was back to the Martin acoustic for the hit “Stop This Train”.
It was now time to self-reflect with the incredibly written “In the Blood”. Some stage banter was now in order so fans could dry their eyes. John played around with the crowd and busted into “Your Body is a Wonderland” but wasted zero time into heading right into “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”.
The emotions that John projects into songs with each note is something that you must witness at least once in your lifetime! His songs grow with him in every performance and as these older songs are now being rekindled with deeper feeling is an unexplained beauty of the talents of John Mayer. The tear jerking “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test January 1967” reminded us, ‘cause when you’re done with this world, you know the next is up to you.
The talent didn’t stop there as the ultra-rare double-neck acoustic Martin guitar was unleashed little by little, inch by inch as we swayed in the middle of the Garden to a “Face to Call Home”. John’s signature older letter to his younger self “If I Ever Get Around to Living” took us right to the “Edge of Desire” wired and tired the show closed with an encore of the late Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”
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Till The Next Show…Joel
Love on the Weekend
XO (Beyoncé cover)
Queen of California
January 16, 2002: “Room for Squares” Interview (Promo video from the Room for… more )
Who Says (>) Waitin’ on the Day
In Your Atmosphere
Something Like Olivia (Selected From Crowd Poster)
Piano: You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me
“Continuum” Interview (Footage from Columbia Studios… more )
Stop This Train (outro of “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel)
In the Blood
Your Body Is a Wonderland
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
A Face to Call Home
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Edge of Desire
Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
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